"Music is the cup that holds the wine of silence. Sound is that cup, but empty. Noise is that cup, but broken.”

Robert Fripp


31/12/2011

My 2011's best



Best albums
Fred Frith, Stevie Wishart & Carla Kihlstedt  :  "The Compass, Log And Lead"
The Tiger Lillies  :  "Woyzeck & the Tiger Lillies"
Andy Moor & Yannis Kyriakides  :  "Rebetika"
Karima Nayt  :  "Quoi d'autre"
Tchan Tchou Vidal  :  "la gitane"
Michel Henritzi  :  "Shinjuku blues & whispering shadows"
Kamilya Jubran & Werner Hasler  :  "Wameedd"
Johann Johannsson  :  "The miners hymns"
Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer  :  "Re:ECM"
Armenak Shah-Mouradian  :  "Songs by Komitas Vartabet"
Tango Crash  :  "Otra sanata"
Anthology  :  "Something Is Wrong - Vintage Recordings From East Africa"

all the works of:
Paul Metzger, Alessandro Bossetti, Jin Hi Kim, Alzheimer, Ethiopian gangsters, Bill Orcutt, Xavier Charles, Asakawa Maki, Fanta Damba (Mali) , L'Orchestre Kanaga de Mopti, Luigi Nono, Max Richter, Fovea Hex, Alejandro Viñao

and definitively these three songs
"I've Been Loving You Too Long" by Tindersticks
"I'll go crazy" by Terry Edwards
"Besame mucho" by Beñat Achiary


    picture : Susan Philipsz, Sunset Song, 2003

28/12/2011

I want to be evil

"I punish myself more than anybody else does if I am stupid about my actions, and I suffer, really suffer.
Eartha Kitt


25/12/2011

Mogador

"... On dit que la musique est à Mogador un prolongement de la peau de ses habitants d'hier et d'aujourd'hui, de leurs résonances dans le monde, de leurs harmonies et de leurs contrepoints, de leurs éclats percutants et de leurs fugues, de leur regret au soleil quand il se couche et de leur joie au lever de la lune. Dans ce port, la peau a un très vieux nom, qui est synonyme de tambour. On raconte qu'il y a des siècles, avant d'ensevelir un mort, on faisait un tambour avec sa peau. Ce qui explique que les plus anciennes maisons soient pleines de ces instruments de musique, vénérés pendus aux murs. On les respecte, on les aime et on les décroche pour les caresser, façon d'évoquer les défunts de la famille; on les porte souvent aux endroits de la ville où les vents alizés soufflent au large avec le plus de force, et, là, on les agite jusqu'à ce qu'ils produisent de très faibles sons graves et cadencés. D'où le nom que l'on donne aux premiers souffles vespéraux des alizés, quand ils ont fait vibrer les peaux de tambours des morts: vents de requiem..."

Alberto Ruy-Sànchez
in "9 fois 9 choses que l'on dit de Mogador" - ed. Les Allusifs - 2006



24/12/2011

Harmo sleigh

Palix's piece composed for the concert "Twisted Christmas"
@ Barbican - London  - dec. 2008





23/12/2011

Aisha Al Mourta

Aisha Al Mourta is the queen of Samri in Kuwait




عايشة المرطة يا ناس دلوني

Wizard of the strings



Roy Smeck (1900 - 1994) was an american multi-instrumentist
who played banjo, guitar, steel guitar and especially ukulele...


22/12/2011

The Cause of Labour

From the film The Miners' Hymns by Bill Morrison
with the famous music by Jóhann Jóhannsson.



Brass band music has a long association with North East England and with coal mining in particular. One of the earliest known bands was the Coxlodge Institute Band of County Durham, which was founded in 1808. The band played at a ball to celebrate the sinking of a mine shaft at Gosforth Colliery, Newcastle, in 1821, when three hundred people danced to their music 1,100 feet underground.


By the middle of the Nineteenth Century, music- making was, perhaps for the first time, a regular part of community life and not just a pastime for the upper or middle classes. Bands and choirs were springing up all over the country and their membership was predominantly from the working classes. By 1850 almost every village, mine and group of mills in the north of England had its own band and perhaps the majority of working-class bandsmen were miners.

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20/12/2011

Visions of Europe

A great sequence of the movie maker Béla Tarr
excerpt from "Visions of Europe" - 2004
with the music of Mihàly Vig

The idea of this collective movie is simple: Twenty-five countries, twenty-five visions from respected film directors from each of the respective countries that form the new European Community. Each director will give a personal vision of current or future life in this coming cultural melting pot.



19/12/2011

18/12/2011

Combustion Chamber

Combustion Chamber / EWA7
a piece by Annie Gosfield with Roger Kleier and the matchless drummer Chris Cutler
lives at Bates Hall, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
November 2011



01/12/2011

Lmaalem Hmida Boussou

Lmaalem Hmida Boussou, Maître es musique Gnawa

Air 2

New Issue!! The CD "Air2" was recorded during a public event conducted by Olivier Agid  
in Thiers - 17 & 18 september 2010
Music by Agid & Palix, with Emmanuel Lalande, Nicolas Lounis, Eric Maurin, 
Eve Couturier & Fred Wallish.


Raksama Song




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